Michael Jackson Burial: Private Finale for King of Pop

Liz Taylor, Macaulay Culkin and many others say goodbye to Michael Jackson.

September 2, 2009, 6:26 PM

Sept. 3, 2009— -- Elizabeth Taylor, Barry Bonds, Chris Tucker, and Quincy Jones were among the mourners who gathered outside the mausoleum where Michael Jackson was laid to rest Thursday evening at the famous Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, Calif.

The Jackson family arrived more than an hour late to the cemetery in a 31-car procession that included five Rolls Royce Phantoms along with a police escort. His children, Paris, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II, were among the first of the family to take their seats in the front row next to their grandparents Katherine and Joe Jackson.

The former child actors and onetime friends of the singer, Macaulay Culkin and Corey Feldman, sat amongst family and friends. His ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley was also in attendance.

Debbie Rowe, the controversial mother of his children, did not attend.

The Jackson brothers, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Randy and Marlon wore matching black suits, red ties, black armbands and single crystal-embedded gloves. When the golden coffin arrived, piled high with flowers, the brothers were the pall bearers.

Jackson's children placed a bejeweled crown suitable for the King of Pop atop the coffin.

When it was over Katherine Jackson appeared extremely weary and had to be helped to her car afterward, a person who attended the funeral told The Associated Press.

Jackson daughter Paris, said to be very composed throughout the service, wept once the casket was moved into the mausoleum.

Gladys Knight's emotional rendition of the "Our Father" hymn, closed the ceremony.

"The greatest entertainer that ever lived was laid to rest tonight, physically... but spiritually and musically he will live on forever," the Rev. Al Sharpton told reporters after leaving the service.

Michael Jackson Guarded, Even in Death

"The greatest entertainer that ever lived was laid to rest tonight, physically... but spiritually and musically he will live on forever," the Rev. Al Sharpton told reporters after the service.

Officials and family representatives have remained tight-lipped about the precise location of Jackson's final resting space, but the mausoleum contains the bodies of many of old Hollywood's elite, including Gracie Allen, George Burns, Nat King Cole and Walt Disney.

Prior to the service, officials amended Jackson's death certificate to reflect the Los Angeles coroner's ruling that his death was a homicide. Previously listed as "deferred," the certificate now says Jackson's death was caused by "injection by another."

Click HERE and HERE to see Jackson's amended death certificate.

Although Jackson's life was played out in the public eye, it seems the Pop icon will finally get the peace he always craved -- Forest Lawn discourages sightseers and the mausoleum his remains were placed in is off limits to everyone but family members.

The mausoleum is home to a breathtaking stained glass rendition of Leonardo Da Vinci's iconic painting "The Last Supper." It's a fitting piece of art for Jackson's final resting place as the singer once famously commissioned a "Last Supper" portrait for his bedroom, with himself in the place of Jesus Christ and other famous faces as his "disciples."

Forest Lawn has already demonstrated its privacy prowess in the more than two months since Jackson died of cardiac arrest, caused in large part, the L.A. County Coronor says by the use of propofol, a powerful anesthetic typically used only in hospital operating rooms.

After Jackson's body was brought out in the shimmering gold casket for his July 7 memorial service at the Los Angeles Staples Center, it was brought back under cover to Forest Lawn, although it's not known for sure where his body has been stored up until now. Some have speculated that the moonwalk master has been kept in the crypt of Motown founder Berry Gordy.

While the city of Los Angeles was largely responsible for the estimated $1.4 million it cost to provide security and other services for Jackson's memorial service, the family has already requested that his estate pay for police costs related to today's service, a request that was granted Wednesday by Judge Mitchell Beckloff. No official dollar amounts for the Forest Lawn service were released in court documents, but a Glendale police official told the Los Angeles Times that today's service would run upward of $150,000.

Michael Jackson to Be Entombed as Death Investigation Continues

The service comes a week after the Los Angeles medical examiner's office released its findings that ruled Michael Jackson's June 25 death a homicide, caused primarily by acute propofol intoxication with benzodiazepine as another contributing cause.

Other prescription drugs, including Midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine and ephedrine, were also found in Jackson's system.

The news of the autopsy results seemed only to further tighten the net on Dr. Conrad Murray, the personal physician hired to care for Jackson in the months leading up to his 50-concert "This Is It" tour that was to open at London's O2 arena in July.

Murray's lawyer has said that the doctor immediately started CPR after finding Jackson unresponsive and not breathing and called 911 a half-hour later, but authorities say Murray found Jackson in bed around 11 a.m. and the call to 911 did not come in until just before 12:30 p.m.

According to police reports and phone records, Murray also made several calls on his cell phone between 11 a.m. and the time 911 was called.

After the coroner's report was made public, Murray's lawyer, Ed Chernoff, released a statement, saying, in part, "Much of what was in the search warrant affidavit is factual. However, unfortunately, much is police theory. Most egregiously, the timeline reported by law enforcement was not obtained through interviews with Dr. Murray, as was implied by the affidavit."

Murray told investigators that he had been trying to wean the singer off propofol, which Jackson had been using as a sleep aid. The doctor also came under fire in the days after Jackson's death after the 911 call revealed Murray had been attempting CPR on the bed instead of the floor, per standard protocol.

A series of search warrants for Murray's home and offices in Houston and Las Vegas revealed the doctor was being investigated by the LAPD and federal agents for manslaughter and administering drugs to an addict.

(ABC's Lisa Fletcher contributed to this report)

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